Back in the 90s, the good ol’ days, there was a hit song called “I believe I can fly” by R. Kelly. It was huge! The genre was R&B but it was one of the songs that appealed to all generations and across genres. It was incredibly inspirational with lyrics like, ‘I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky’. Admittedly, writing the lyrics now, they seem rather corny – but I assure you, the song was epic!

The power of your mind and perspective has been well documented and it’s well known that your attitude can transform your performance. You only have to look at an NRL team which has just scored a crucial try. Their energy lifts. I’m sure physically they are just as tired before the try, but hope changes a person. A pep talk from a coach may have a similar impact.

The key role of leaders is to inspire ie impact the perspective of people so they act differently. Inspiration causes people to lift their gaze, to believe they can change things they never dreamed of and impact the world in ways they never anticipated.  Every person who did anything great started with a belief – perhaps that was innate, perhaps it was inspired.

It’s against this backdrop of a secular view of belief that I wanted to talk about Christian faith. Faith is simply the belief in God that He will do what He has said (as revealed in the Bible) and that that will be the best possible outcome. In more “Christianese” words – it’s living by the promises of God.

Now if you truly believe that the creator of the universe is actively participating in your life and has the best for you then some people may call you crazy… but your faith will change the way you live. It will give a confidence that’s not of this world.

People to believe in something – something to lift their gaze. There are a lot of things you can go to. A pep talk on YouTube does have value. Believing in yourself is important. However, being let down by all the above can leave us jaded. In a time of uncertainty Jesus offers a solid foundation.

Matthew 7:24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

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